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Ferdinand Cheval’s ‘Palais Ideal’ Was Built By One Man One Pebble At A Time

Banksy Releases ‘Welcome to Gaza’ Video Complete With Kitten For FB Lovers

Global Costs of Living By Country Established By People Living There
jd Forte’s ‘The Up and Comers’ & A September 11 Women’s Rights Reflection

Scandinavian Women Lead the World in Equality & Governing | Anne Sends Big Hugs to Helsinki, Finland

Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

Billionaires Going Rogue 2012 Election | Rise of Superdads | Over My Dead Body | Dating Goes Partisan

Australian Ballet Jubilee | Will Davidson | Vogue Australia November 2012 | ‘Heavenly Creatures’

Fashion’s Hippie Love Trend Is Tied to Womanly Cultural Creative Values

50 Years Later, Marilyn Monroe Remains the Ultimate Smart Sensuality Blonde

Cosa Bella’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ | Women of Harlot Babylon

Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Will Be Read With Eve Ensler At Michigan Capitol June 18th

Tabea Koebach | Seiji Fujimori | The Ground #2 | ‘The Throne’

Elephants are Matriarchal and Kind to Females in the Animal World | Stop the Republican Disgrace of Elephants

Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2 Ps in a Pod by Anne

Franca Sozzani: Living Simply and Thinking Big | We Call It Cultural Creative Wisdom

Marloes Horst | Will Davidson | Harper’s Bazaar Australia March 2012 | ‘Wanderlust’

Bro. Dennis on Ultra-Orthodox, Fundamentalist, Extreme Moralists as ‘Evil Incarnate’| 2Ps in a Pod

Goddess Editorials

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Eye 2-2-15 | Mami Wata Resurgence As Global Goddess | 55,000 Years-Old Female Skull Provides Critical Link In Human Evolution & Migration Out of Africa

Maliouk In ‘Neo Folk’ By Signe Vilstrup For Glamour Italia October 2014

Woman | Charlotte Kay By Damian Foxe In Tribal Fashion’ For How To Spend It Magazine June 2014

Magdalena Frackowiak By Giampaolo Sgura In ‘Ancient Songs of Paradise’ For Vogue Japan May 2014

Marina Nery In ‘Tomorrow’s Tribe’, Lensed By Sebastian Kim for Vogue Australia April 2014

Kelly Mittendorf In ‘Buffao Belle’ By Robert Bellamy For L’Officiel Paris March 2014

A Brilliant ‘Warrior Stance’ By Steven Klein For W Magazine March 2014

Paul de Luna’s ‘Samsara’ & The Sacred Feminine

Anais Mali Pays Tribute To Warrior Women in ‘Amazon’ By Urivaldo Lopes For French Revue de Modes #25


India’s Women Need Goddess Lakshmi To Fight for Women’s Rights

Khristine Dinke | Sergi Pons | BMM Magazine’s Warrior Goddess

Woman | Daria Werbowy | David Sims | ‘The Warrior Way’ | Vogue US March 2010

Woman | Mey Bun, Rila Fukushima & Ai li Wang Go ‘Tribal’ In Herring & Herring Images For D Magazine

Kirsti Pyrhonen Is Sensual Style Queen by Peter Farago for Vogue Brazil December 2012

Aphrodite Joins Yemaya and Mami Wati for a Swim in Human Consciousness


Simone W | Emre Guven | Marie Claire Turkey May 2012

Cultural Creatives Now 35% of US | 10% in Transition

Status vs Money | A Third Look At Happiness, Gender Equality & Taxes

Women Philanthropists Give Differently Than Men

It’s a Bull Market for Women Philanthropists Supporting Women’s Causes in Every corner of the Globe

PPR Paris Goes to Sustainability Index P&L & Eco-Friendly Brands

Wealth & Poverty

National Geographic ‘7 Billion’ 7-Video Look at World’s People

JR’s TED Prize Video | JR Launches InsideOut Project

Photographers JR & Jonas Bendiksen Find Artistry in Everyday Kibera, Kenya

‘The Places We Live’: Four Monumental Slums Typify ‘Home’ for More than One Billion People

Shakira & Howard Buffett | Attached at the Hip Philanthropy Bedfellows

Slow Boat to Economic Heaven | Grim Reality Polaroid Days

What Would Dan Eldon Say About Somalia 2008?

Smart Sensuality Angelina Jolie: Virtue Considered in Carversville’s Country Air

Shakira, a Smart Sensuality Activist, Takes Me Back to Colombia, Where My Life Journey Really Began

Angelina Jolie & Alicia Keys Help Me Say ‘Flip It: I’m A Lipstick-Wearing Activist’

Anne of Carversville & Sensuality News do not accept submissions.

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Eye | News Worth Reading

Woman | Helena Christensen & Camilla Staerk | Cate Blanchett | Linda Evangelista

Eye 5-2-15 | The Clooneys | Amal Clooney Defends Ex Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed | 10 Luxury Maldives Resorts | George Clooney Stylist
Eye 4-27-15 | Gisele Bundchen Nude For Vogue Brazil May 2015 | Gisele As Earth Goddess & UN Ambassador for Environment

Eye 4-26-15 | Luxury At V&A | London Craft Week | Lagerfeld in Bonn with Wanda Barcelona

Eye 4-23-15 | Tom Ford On Gucci, Feminism, Nudity & Friend Julianne Moore
Eye 4-19-15 | Tiffany’s New Look | NYC Whitney Museum Opens May 1 | Meryl Streep Funds Lab For Women Screenwriters

Eye 3-20-2015 | Vogue Explains Meerkat | East Austin, Texas Under the Lens | Rick Perry Called By God To Serve

Eye 3-15-15 | Blake Little Honey People | Vertical Farming In Newark, NJ | Honey Harvest Revolution

Eye 3-12-15 Industry City in Brooklyn | London Top City For Super-Rich | Bottega Veneta Opens Home Palazzo

Eye 3-8-15 | President Obama Selma Address Full Text | Stephen Somerstein ‘Freedom Journey 1965’ Images | Stefan Sharff’s Documentary Of 3rd Selma March

Eye 2-21-15 | A Digital Tizzy Erupts Over Emma Watson & Prince Harry Rumors | Karlie Kloss Hangs Up Her Victoria’s Secret Wings

Eye 2-15-15 | Happy Chinese New Year | Monsanto’s Travails | Gods and Kings: Mcqueen & Galliano

Eye 2-10-15 Queen Rania Pleads For Arab Action Against ISIS | Angelina Jolie Opens London Center For Women, Peace & Security

Eye 2-3-15 | VF Crowns Brady-Bundchen America’s Third Fanily | Beyonce Unites With Marco Gorges In Healthy Nutrition Home Delivery

Eye 2-2-15 | Mami Wata Resurgence As Global Goddess | 55,000 Years-Old Female Skull Provides Critical Link In Human Evolution & Migration Out of Africa

Eye 1-19-15 | Feminine Delights From Emily Baker | DKNY, Eve Ensler & Lebanon

Eye-1-18-15 | Lifetime’s Whitney Houston Biopic | Hollywood & Gaza | Cindy Crawford On Why Supermodels Happened

Eye 1-12-15 | John Galliano Returns At Teatime London | Hollywood Stands for Charlie | Adidas Originals Campaign

Eye 1-7-15 | Ginta Lapina Is Lost In LA In Her Burberry Trench Coat | Burberry Celebrates Bees That Need Saving

Eye | Spring 2015 Designer Brands | Donna Karan’s Ode To Smart Sensuality Women

Eye 1-4-15 | Rosie Huntington Whiteley For M&S | Lensed By Kai Z Feng | Helping UNICEF In Cambodia

Eye 1-2-15 | Spring 2015 Designer Brands | Prada — the Feminist Who Became A Fashion Designer

Eye 12-30-14 | Spring 2015 | Designer Brands | Ralph Lauren

Eye 12-21-14 | Global Futures & Nature-Inspired Design | Global Food Supply | US & Climate Change

Eye 12-9-14 | Kate Middleton Art Muse | Taylor Swift 1989 | Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Eye 12-6-14 | Natural Artistry From Nunzio Paci & Edouard Martinet | Man As Tree

Eye 12-3-14 | A Traveling Education } Meditation Rebuilds Brain Structure | Trends In Remarriage

Eye 11-23-14 Elisabeth Daynes Early Human Sculptures | Annie Leibovitz ‘Pilgrimage’ | Anne Says More Kimye Coming

Eye 11-13-14 | Prince Ea ‘Anti Social Network | VIDA Sustainable E-commerce Site | Barney’s Holiday Windows

Eye 11-9-14 | Neonics & Honeybees | Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing | Whole Foods For Honeybees

Eye 11-5-14 | Toni Garrn Closed Denim For Burkina Faso | Cindy Crawford’s 2015 Art Van Charity Challenge

Eye 10-25-14 | Berlin Light Show Will Commemorate The End Of Berlin Wall | South African Textiles That Bear Witness

Eye 10-19-14 Gisele Bundchen Chanel No. 5 Commercial | Kurdish Women Fighters  Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Under Intense Pressure

Eye 10-14-14 Zaha Hadid’s Catharsis For Cambodia | WikiLeaks Gets Fashionable | London’s Hackney Fashion Lab

Eye 10-11-14 October 11 Is International Day of the Girl | Honoring Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize & Angelina Jolie As A British Dame

Eye 10-8-14 | H&M Jumpsuit: When Style & War Collide | Amazon Women | Burqa Bans

Eye 10-5-14 | American Parenting as Religion | Elisabeth Holmes Billionaire | Kurdish Women Fighters Update

Eye 10-1-14 | Fondation Louis Vuitton | Vogue Meets Gesquiere | Stella McCartney Redo 

Eye 9-28-14 | Victoria Beckham Has Passion For UN Ambassador Role | Women & Heart Disease | Apologies to UAE Pilot Major Mariam al-Mansouri

Eye 9-25-14 | UAE Pilot Major Mariam al-Mansouri Leads UAE Air Strikes Against ISIS | Domestic Violence Tab Put At $9.5 Trillion Annually

Eye 9-23-14 Emma Watson On Feminism | Zaha Hadid On Architecture | Biomimicry at Blossom Tower

Eye 9-20-14 | Angelina Jolie To Direct ‘Africa’ | ‘I Am Eleven’ Documentary | Are Conservatives Happier In Liberal Countries?

Eye 9-17-14 | US Poverty & Child Development | Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet Collection

Eye 9-15-14 Richard Branson’s Unfulfilled Energy Pledge | G-Spot Science | Malala’s Attackers Arrested.

Eye 9-9-14 Violence Against Women | Scalia & Women’s Rights | Matrilineal Mawlynnong

Eye 9-8-14 | Clintons For Elephants | Organized Crime Deep In Ivory Trade | Clooney & Alamuddin WillWed In Venice

Eye 9/6/14 | Fast Food & Depression | Global Cool Neighborhoods | Liu Wen

Eye 9/3/14 | Dr. Patricia Wright’s Lemurs | Low Carb Diet | Spinach Aids Weight Control

Eye 8/31/14: Global Warming | New Tesla Electric Battery | Elephant Slaughter

Eye 8/29/14 Women In Tech Abrasive | Shakira Pregnant | Abortions At Home

Eye 8/27/14: Beyonce’s Feminism, Moms Against NRA, Women Newscasters, Kurdish Women Soldiers Face ISIS

Eye 8/26/14 SunGlacier | Windowless Jumbo jets | What Is Plagiarism

Eye: Nicer Future | Cathy Horn | Women’s Wages | Marley Coffee


Critical Gender Differences In Gibbons Learning Process

Credit: iStockphoto/Catharina Van Den DikkenbergGreenTracker| Women investors achieve better results than men, because they are more cautious. Even the Wall Street Journal wrote in 2009 For Mother’s Day, Give Her Reins to the Portfolio.

New research into gibbons, led by Dr Clare Cunningham, a psychology lecturer at Abertay University, suggests that females apply caution in undertaking experiences with new tools but perform better than males with training.

Male and female gibbons were observed using a rake-like tool.

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Laws To End Brutal Shark Finning Offends Some Chinese Americans

The global movement to ban the sale of shark fins is making headway in America. The California legislature is considering a bill that would ban the sale and possession of shark fins, infuriating some who see the proposed law as an assault against their nationalistic pride.

Just as the Japanese nationalists of Taiji, Japan demand their right to kill and eat as many dolphins as they desire, passionate grocery store owners in San Francisco’s Chinatown are furious at lawmakers and shark-saving actvists who commit to curtailing the bloody, brutal practice of shark finning.

Hawaii already has a law giving restaurants until June 30 to cook or dispose of fin inventories, writes the NY Times. Bills are under consideration in Oregon and Washington State.

Shark fins in varying grades can sell for $800 for a 1.6-pound bag in America. China’s expanding middle class is demanding more shark fins as a sign of growing prosperity.

Shark finning is one of the most brutal activities of the sea. The fins are hacked off a live shark, which is then thrown overboard where it sinks to the bottom of the sea and dies slowly.

Because America has demonized sharks, we are more insensitive to the practice of shark finning, perhaps even believing subconsciously that sharks get what they deserve. As Sea Shepherd reminds us, the ecosystem of the sea is at stake, if shaks become extinct.

Performance artist Alice Newstead is so committed to saving the 100 million sharks slaughtered each year just for their fins, that she hung in a LUSH cosmetics window on Regents Street, London in 2008, with fish hooks in her back. 

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Anne Discovers Herself In 'The Bladholm Five: A Family of Artists'

‘Helioamphora Two’ by Sharon BladholmMy last front page post on A Day of Peace is highly personal. Anne of Carversville began in June 2007 as a very simple journal, one triggered by my sitting outside in Carversville, hearing the church bells on Sunday morning, while reading Angelina Jolie’s Esquire interview about civic responsibilities.

Square Peg | Round Hole

Anyone who is a regular reader knows that I am artistic, sensual, global, passionate activist on many issues. Growing up in my small town in Minnesota, I was a square peg in a round hole.

My mom swore they switched babies on her at the hospital. However did she get this handful of a daughter!

My strong entrepreneurial drive fits our successful family mold, but not the rest of the package. Simply stated, I was the odd person out in my family and remain that person today.

Bladholms left to right: Ann (wife & mom), twins Glen and Linda, Sharon, John and Eric. Sketches were done by John Bladhom when each of his children were young.

Bladholm 5 | A Family of Artists

A little over a month ago, my dear cousin Jo — who I regard as more of a sister — and her husband Les picked up my mother in Dubuque, Iowa and drove to Chicago for an art opening. My maternal grandfather was Swedish, last name Bladholm. 

They were attending a show at the Swedish Art Museum Bladholm 5: A Family of Artists, running January 14-March 13, 2011.

My first trip to a big city came at age 13 or so, when Jo and I packed up our suitcases and headed off to Chicago with our great aunt Grace. We stayed with the now-deceased grandparents and parents of the Bladholm 5.

That week in Chicago was one of the best of my life, leaving me consumed with the culture and elegance of the Bladholms.  There was such an inspiring, engaged, culturally and politically-aware vibe in their family life — one I wanted to transport home to Minnesota.

Jo and I were just wide-eyed girls at the table — with no understanding of art and ideas — but we sat taller and acted smarter around the Bladholms.

Neither of us wanted to leave Chicago and the family magic of Skokie. Those feelings were a long-bured memory that crept into my mind in quiet moments, until I opened Jo’s package of cards and her thoughts about meeting Bladholm 5: A Family of Artists.

The Emotional Roof Falls on Anne’s Head

It is very difficult for me to write these words and I haven’t been able to articulate a journal post on these Bladholm creatures for several weeks. Besides the obvious reality that the art show will be over in Chicago on March 13th, I haven’t found the right spot at AOC for the Bladholm 5.

They are too special to be just a post on the news page, sandwiched between Victoria’s Secret lingerie and the Paris designer shows. They fit fine in several other spots of the website, but not Les Artistes, which is going strictly sensual moving forward.

Perhaps to be attached to me is to be suddenly homeless, vagabond that I can be. Then again, perhaps it was worth waiting for this special spot in which to talk about the Bladholm 5.

In the Company of Artists

Today, when we are celebrating the Facebook dream of one young man for A Day of Peace and I just posted JR’s TED Prize video on global street art, I realize that this is the spot for the Bladholm 5. 

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A Day of Peace | For 24 Hours, Give Peace a Chance

By Lisa Catherine Brown

What if a dream of peace could be realized even if for a day? One young man — Shephen Shoemaker — had an idea for A Day of Peace with three rules. He posted it on Facebook.

We at AOC think it’s a great idea and another way that social networking can touch our lives in a positive way so Anne made the quick decision to support the cause and I quickly followed.

This isn’t a United Nations pass for individuals and groups to create practical ideas of peace. It’s not a week of brainstorming on how to get along, bridge differences and lessen the gaps that divide us. It’s just one guy asking people to try, simply try, to follow three principles for one day to be a better person and see what happens. Today is that day.

On January 9, 2011, he posted this idea and by February 27th his idea had a million followers. Today 1,678,417 have agreed to ‘attend’ A Day of Peace and we are spreading his message.

This young man’s efforts aren’t scientific or calculable. How many will truly make the valiant effort at kindness and understanding that Stephen Shoemaker urges us to do will never be known, but he has reached over a million and a half people in less than two months! That is a remarkable fait accompli!

I must note that 1,296,793 are not attending A Day of Peace and for many reasons.

As one person just wrote: “It’s kinda hard to have a day of peace in a war zone.” Another person says the pursuit of peace is illogical and against the laws of nature. War is good for the survival of the fittest. 

War Is Not Darwinian Sport | Humans Can Do Better

We don’t embrace war as sport and are adopting Stephen’s three rules for today, his Day of Peace.

#1. Say not a single unkind thing about anyone or anything. If at all possible, try not to even think a nasty thought. If we do, reflect on why it was that we thought to say it in the first place.

 #2. Show everyone we cross paths with some genuine human compassion. Be it with a smile or kind words, just spread some love.

 #3. Make not one person the exception to the rule. Not everyone deserves to have roses thrown at their feet and have a holiday in their honor, but nobody deserves to feel alone. Reach out. Talk to someone new. Care about them, and we will be cared for in return.

Our friend, Stephen, claims it is a ‘simple proposition’ and I hope he is right. Certainly we all can benefit from being on both sides of kindness and understanding. I admit I would like to be both on the giving and receiving end of a smile, a nod, inner reflection, sweet thoughts, words and deeds.

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Humans Get Angry Always, But For One Day How About Peace?

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Let's Fix Broken Water Wells In Rati's India With WaterAid

Ram Rati is a leader in her community, rising above her runaway bride status and wheat grinder. Married at age 11, Rati seems to be always a take-charge woman.

Rati tired of the wells in her village always breaking down and decided to take matters into her own hands. In the Indian district of Mahoba, one-third of the 4,000 drinking water wells are broken.

Rati was one of the first people to apply to WaterAid, an organization training micro-entrepreneurs in the well maintenance business in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. New well mechanics like Rati have fixed 300 hand pumps in 2 years, impacting the water supply of 300,000 people.

Today Rati is a trained well mechanic, improving her own life but also those of women in her community. Rati now employs two women laborers to farm her 15 acres and encourages the girls in her community to go to school.  

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Dire New Warning Issued On Coral Reefs & Marine Ecosystems

Healthy coral reef at Nikko Bay, Rock Islands, Palau. (Ian Shive).GreenTracker| Coral reefs are complex, visually spectacular ecosystems, extravaganzas of diverse and colorful marine life and a key source of food and economic revenue to half a billion people globally.

“Currently we find 75 percent of the world’s reefs are threatened by a combination of local and global threats,” says Lauretta Burke at the World Resources Institute, a senior author of a new report that says the world’s coral reefs are in very big trouble. “By 2030 the percentage will rise to 90 percent. By 2050 virtually all reefs will be threatened,” she says.

This report is not new news at AOC. The report talks about overfishing and a runoff of sewage and sediments from the shore.

“But perhaps the most short-sighted threat to reefs is the use of destructive fishing practices: The use of poisons to stun and capture fish, the use of explosives to kill fish,” she says.

The report addresses the impact of greenhouse gases on corals.

Add it all together and one third of all coral species are at risk of extinction says Nancy Knowlton from the Smithsonian Institution’s Marine Biology Research Institution.

“This makes corals the most endangered animal on the planet,” she says, “even more endangered than frogs, which have gotten a lot of press because of the diseases that have wiped out a lot of frog populations. And of course this is just the corals — it doesn’t count all the things that depend on corals.” via NPR

Jane Lubchenco, who now runs the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says “It will take a Herculean effort to reverse the current trajectory and leave healthy ocean ecosystems to our children and our grandchildren.”

As our friend Dave Head wrote on Anne’s Facebook wall this morning, it’s tough to get the public interested in coral reefs, compared to dolphins.

Please review some of our earlier articles on coral reefs (thumbnails follow Ian Shive’s photographs), including excellent videos on conditions in the Southern Pacific.

These images comes from Ian Shive, author of The National Parks: Our American Landscape.


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One Company's Profits vs Omega-3 Health Benefits in Fish

via Flickr’s Tanya & SteveGreenTracker| Many consumers choose supplements over fleshy bits as guilt-free ways of getting nutrients into their bodies. Few of us think about the fish behind fish oil supplements and whether moral or environmental issues apply.

Until Dec. 2009 we knew nothing of menhaden, identified recently as “The Most Important Fish in the Sea.”

Menhaden filter-feed nearly exclusively on algae, the most abundant forage in the world, and are prolifically good at converting that algae into omega-3 fatty acids and other important proteins and oils. They also form the basis of the Atlantic Coast’s marine food chain. via NYTimes

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